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E-mail: newell@uwm.edu

Children's Mental Health Certificate for School Professionals — Online

The Children's Mental Health Certificate for School Professionals is designed to give education professionals an understanding of mental health disorders and treatment among children and adolescents in school-based settings, particularly in urban areas. It emphasizes a preventive approach to meeting the mental health needs of children by using a collaborative, problem-solving process that is inclusive of the diverse skills of school-based professionals (e.g., teachers, school social workers, school nurses, school counselors, and administrators). It is not intended to provide preparation for licensure as a mental health professional.

Courses in the certificate program are focused on the epidemiology of mental health disorders among children, multicultural issues in the development and treatment of children’s mental health disorders, influence of stressors in urban environments on mental health, cultivation of collaboration among school professionals to address mental needs of children, and the impact of mental health difficulties on academic achievement.

This is a 15-credit, online certificate program at the post-baccalaureate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. Students will be admitted on an annual basis. Current UWM graduate students will complete the certificate in concurrence with their graduate programs. Post baccalaureate and post graduate students will be admitted as non-degree candidates (NDC) at the graduate level.

Admission Requirements

  • Post baccalaureate: Minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA, submit undergraduate transcripts and letter of intent.
  • Current graduate students: minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; submit current transcript and letter of intent.
  • Post graduate: submit graduate transcript and letter of intent.

Those not already admitted to a UWM graduate program must complete the UW System online admission application. Select “Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment” as your reason for applying.

Certificate Requirements

15 graduate credits as follows:

Ed Psy 710 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues in Schools 3 cr
Ed Psy 711 Cultural Context of Children’s Mental Health 3 cr
Ed Psy 712 Mentally Healthy Classroom and School Environments 3 cr
Ed Psy 713 Mental Health Needs in Urban Environments 3 cr
Couns 805 Consultation Strategies for Counselors and School Psychologists, 3 cr
(or approved alternative)

The certificate is conferred on completion all courses with a grade of B or better.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits will not be accepted.

Articulation with UWM graduate degree programs

No more than 50% of the credits required for the certificate may count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements.

Time Limit

Students must complete all courses for the certificate within 3 years from the date of initial enrollment in the certificate program.

For information, contact:

Markeda Newell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology
Enderis Hall Room 789
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office Phone: 414-229-3899 or e-mail: newell@uwm.edu

Page last updated on: 01/29/2014